Though she's spent her life working with children, Corera never married. "It's part of God's plan," she explains. "Children tie you down. If I had children, my children would come first. Now every child comes first."
But when asked if she'd thought of becoming a nun, Corera snorts incredulously. "Me? A nun? Why? To follow rules and orders and live in a convent? How could I give up the freedom that I have?"
For her fiftieth birthday party, Corera asked friends to bring a check instead of a present. That's how the initial $5,000 for Uganda was raised. The Children Waiting Everywhere fund-raiser became an annual affair. Families provide the entertainment, and chicken dinners are donated by Doug and Kris Busch, of Busch's supermarkets.
The Busches met Naomi when their son started at Shepherd Montessori. "She's the most energetic and passionate and enthusiastic woman I've ever met," says Doug. Kris adds: "You can't say no to her because she gives everything she has."